2019 Volunteer of the Year


Rory Dunne - Longueville Court

Local man Rory Dunne was recently crowned the national winner in the Volunteer of the Year category at the 2019 Barchester Care Awards on 3rd October, for his work and time spent at Longueville Court Care Home in Peterborough.

Judge for the award, Sue Sheath, Director of Care, Risk and Compliance, said of Rory that “Rory volunteers at the home for 1 day per week and has been doing so for 3 years.  He suffered a brain haemorrhage 10 years ago and after months of rehab had to learn to walk again twice!  During his time in hospital Rory realised how easy it was to be lonely in a healthcare setting and this inspired him to start volunteering when he was well enough to do so.  He now runs the weekly Scrabble group and helps with resident trips and fundraising events.  Head of Activities at the home Jessica Porter says ‘his really upbeat personality makes our residents’ smiles even bigger’. Rory has been a joy to meet and get to know, and it is nothing short of a pleasure to present him with this award.”

Margery Dino, General Manager at Longueville Court said: “Our care home is like a family and Rory is a part of that family, loved and valued by everyone. It takes a special kind of person to give up so much of their time to help others and we are lucky to have such a fantastic volunteer.”

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